Using a motorbike on our roads is becoming more and more popular. This is because they are cheaper to run, cheaper to buy and cheaper to maintain, and of course they are fun!
They now account for 1% of all traffic on UK roads but unfortunately they are involved in 20% of deaths and serious injuries from accidents. The motorbike rider is 40 times more likely to die in an accident than a car driver.
If the motorbike rider is involved in an accident that is not their fault, they may be able to make a personal injury claim.
Unfortunately, whenever there is an accident involving a motorbike, more often than not, it is automatically assumed that the motorbike rider was at fault. Well more often than not, the accidents are not the fault of the rider, but of other drivers or bad road surfaces such as potholes. Because of this attitude towards motorbike riders, they need someone good to fight their corner; they need to use a personal injury lawyer from Accident Advice Helpline.
How vulnerable motorbike riders are
Crash helmets reduce the risk of a fatal head injury by about 50%, but still 80% of motorcycle deaths are because of serious head injuries. Motorbike riders are particularly vulnerable in accidents because of the lack of protection on a motorbike compared to the protection a car gives.
The injuries that can happen from a motorbike accident
The injuries sustained in motorbike accidents can be serious and life changing, just a few of them are:
- Back and spine injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Road rash (this is where the rider slides along the road scrapping skin and flesh from their body)
- Spinal injuries
- Facial injuries
You should make a personal injury claim using a personal injury lawyer, if you are injured in an accident that was not your fault.
Other things you can claim for
Apart from pain, suffering anxiety and stress, there are material things you can claim for, costs and losses that you have incurred as a direct result of your injuries. These can include:
- Loss of earnings, past and future – if you are the main breadwinner and unable to work again this is a huge loss to you and your family.
- Replacement of equipment and accessories – after the trauma of a bad accident you may never want to ride a motorbike again but you should be compensated for the value of the damaged leathers, helmet etc.
- Care costs – you may no longer be able to carry out everyday tasks for yourself and may need a carer.
Looking for a lawyer in Maybole?
Accident Advice Helpline has the knowledge and expertise to handle the insurance companies, who will usually insist it must have been the biker’s fault – let us take that stress away from you.
We do not have a personal injury lawyer in Maybole working directly for us but this doesn’t matter, we can still help you claim as we are a national injury law firm that covers all areas of the UK. So if you need a personal injury lawyer in Maybole or anyway make us your first point of call.
Call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 and talk to one of our advisors about your accident, and we will make sure you get the fairest compensation available for your claim.
Date Published: 6th March 2014
Author: David Brown